Trip Facts

 

Notoriety: National Geographic's top ten rafting rivers in the world
Location:
375 miles northeast of Montreal
Access: international flight to Montreal (not included), flight from Montreal to Sept Iles (2 hours) (not included), helicopter to put in (30 minutes) 
Nearest international Airport: Montreal
Trip Length: 8 days (Sept Isle to Sept Isle)
Season: August - early September
Included: helicopter to put in, final evening in hotel, all meals from lunch day one until breakfast day eight
Trip difficulty: moderate
Emergency access: helicopter 
Experience level: No previous whitewater rafting experience is necessary.
Age limit: 6 to 78 yrs.
Climate: dry, high seventies during day, fifties at night. Can rain with temperatures in the sixties.
Activities/time: rafting & inflatable kayaking (70%), sea kayaking (30%), hiking (5%)
Whitewater: medium to high volume, technical Class 4 (a step up from the Middle Fork of Salmon). Inflatable kayaking rapids, class 2-4 depending upon guest.
Water temperature: Approx. 68 degrees 
Wildlife: Moose, woodland caribou, wolf, lynx, bear and osprey
Forest cover: black spruce, white spruce, balsam fir, larch (tamarack) and lodgepole pine. 
Elevation: 1,500 feet at put in. 100 feet at take out
Camps: remote beaches and rock ledges
Group size: 18 - 20 (16 person minimum for private departure)
River rafting history: Earth River made the first raft descent of the Magpie in 1988 with Eric Hertz guiding. Earth River began running the first commercial trips In 1990.

“Earth River is more than a great whitewater outfitter. Their contributions have made a real difference in our efforts to preserve some of the world's most beautiful rivers in Chile and Canada."
“The absolute mastery of Robert Currie guiding in the back of the raft made every element of the Futaleufu river seem heightened, perfected, colorized, almost virtual."
"I want to personally thank Earth River for helping us stop the hydro-electric projects on our land preventing the destruction of one of North America's last great wildernesses."
“I’ve rafted with Eric Hertz down some tough rivers—the Futaleufu in Chile, the Colca in Peru. He's one of the best in the business—obsessed with safety."
"I want to personally thank Earth River for helping us stop the hydro-electric projects on our land preventing the destruction of one of North America's last great wildernesses.
“Eric Hertz and Robert Currie have devoted their lives and their company’s resources to saving some of the world’s last great white-water, wilderness rivers."
"Earth River is the premier river runner in the world. Their staff includes the finest guides to be found."
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